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Taken while on retreat at Sky Farm Hermitage in Sonoma, CA.

Taken while on retreat at Sky Farm Hermitage in Sonoma, CA.

Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech. They came and said to him,
"Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you are not concerned with anyone's opinion. You do not regard a person's status but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or should we not pay?” Knowing their hypocrisy he said to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius to look at.”
They brought one to him and he said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They replied to him, “Caesar’s.” So Jesus said to them, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” They were utterly amazed at him.
– Mark 12:13-17

Whose image and inscription is this?” This response was so amazing to this crowd because they knew whose image and inscription was on the coin and Whose image and inscription is within them, Genesis 1.27, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them,” and Jeremiah 31.33, “Declares the Lord, ‘I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it.’"

When we objectify and over-identify ourselves with “Caesar”, country, status, emotion, or even opinion, thought, or theology, we give ourselves away to something that isn’t fitting of our true identity, made in God’s image with the Word inscribed on our hearts. “Whose image and inscription is this?” That is a question we should be asking of ourselves and our actions every moment of the day. “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”